Dearbhaile Heaney

  • Derry
Dearbhaile Heaney

Designer / Marketer


I am a multi disciplined designer with over 6 years experience in Marketing and PR. I have a flair for oral and visual communication combined with strong writing skills. I am fluent on most social media platforms and keep myself up to date with the ever changing landscape of online and offline communication and advertisement.  Thanks to my varied education and experience, I am confident in multi-faceted roles that require quick thinking and initivative.

Work History

Work History
Mar 2015 - Present

Director Marketing and Communications / Mentor


My role at Corkscrew is multi-faceted and requires constant focus and prioritisation of daily tasks. I design and write content for all our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) as well as managing all our our online marketing activity with analytics tools. I ensure that our online content is relevant and updated regularly, using measurement tools to quantify engagement. I am the first point of contact for our Corkscrew Community, which is made up of over 300 people from countries all over the world. I organise reunions, online events and networking sessions for our community regularly. While we are running Start-Up programs, I am a mentor and tutor for our Corkscrew participants. I teach business startup techniques, marketing techniques and mentor students while they develop their ideas. 

Mar 2014 - Present



D.R.A.W. provides innovative drawing workshops for adults and children in Dublin. It champions drawing as vital means of communication, persuasion and innovation in an increasingly visual and immediate landscape of media. D.R.A.W encourages confidence and freedom in drawing activities, dispelling the notion of "good" or "bad" drawing and allowing participants to experiment with movement, perspective, ideation and mark-making. D.R.A.W also facilitates structured courses in illustration, graphic fiction, visual story-telling and cartoon studies for both adults and children

Jan 2014 - Mar 2015


Fighting Words Dublin

I would draw characters and backgrounds for children while they construct a story with other Fighting Words tutors. This required constant communication with the participants, great listening skills and the ability to draw ideas visually and quickly. Some of my illustrations have been published with students stories (Irish News, June 2014). I also designed, taught and managed my own drawing bootcamps during the summer of 2013 and 2014, teaching cartoon studies and graphic fiction.

Sep 2007 - Sep 2009

PR Manager

Based Upon

This role involved writing press releases, blog posts and updating the Based Upon website on a regular basis. I also designed and made all of our catalogues, took photos of our finished design pieces and promoted them at various networking events. On a daily basis I would also manage our office space, keeping all administration in order (with the help of an assistant), answering phones, dealing with journalist enquiries and hosting our clients in our gallery space. 



Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

MA Design Interactions

Royal College of Art

A blend of design, art, technology and science, the Design Interactions course had it's focus on the topic of the future. I designed software, made 3-D printed models, explored new materials and performed social experiments while exploring the issues that interested me. I graduated with a series material experiments accompanied by a book about states of physical matter. 

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007

BA Design

Goldsmiths University

I graduated with a 1st Class Honours from Goldsmiths after 3 years of learning about many aspects of design such as : communication, visual imagery, technology and it's social and cultural ramifications.

Sep 1997 - Jul 2004

A-Level, G.C.S.E

Lumen Christi

I attained 4's in my A-levels : Biology, English Literature, Art and Spanish 

I attained 9 A*'s and 2A's in my G.C.S.E's including higher mathematics, double award science and higher English. 




Proficient with an SLR camera 


Can apply creative thinking to any problem or challenge 

Adobe Creative Suite

Proficient in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator 


Can use analytics tools to effectively measure activity and suggest improvements


Confident using verbal, written and visual communication 

Social Media content

Happy to create appropriate images and copy for social media